Leopardstown

  • 13:50 Irish Daily Star Christmas Novice Handicap Hurdle2m

  • Winner €10,780 2nd €3,343 3rd €1,592 4th €717
  • Going: Soft (Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.40s
  • Off time: 13:56:29
13:50 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hardback (IRE) 16/1
2nd Low Sun 10/1
3rd Sweet Company (IRE) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 744U-30 PINK, pink & emerald green hooped sleeves, pink cap Jack Dillinger (IRE) 47
6 11-12 t E P Harty N D Fehily 125 12/113.00
2 U/1F349 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Hardback (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
6 11-10 t1 J P O'Brien S A Shortall (3) 123 16/117.00
3 332-155 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Arvico Bleu (IRE) 26
5 11-9 H De Bromhead D Robinson (5) 122 13/27.50
4 165916 Light blue, yellow hoop, emerald green cap All's Quiet (IRE) 79
Distance Winner
6 11-7 t A McGuinness Mr L J McGuinness (7) 120 25/126.00
5 14 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Low Sun 18
Beaten Favourite
4 11-4 p1 W P Mullins P Townend 120 10/111.00
6 445131 BLACK & RED DIABOLO, red stars on sleeves, red star on cap Like An Open Book (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
7 11-3 J M Burke M P Burke (5) 116 8/19.00
7 F-444 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Wigs On The Green (IRE) 43
5 11-1 t M F Morris B J Geraghty 114 3/14.00
8 425-444 DARK BLUE, white diamond, yellow sleeves, dark blue cap, white diamonds Stowaway Forever (IRE) 27
5 11-0 pt J P Dempsey L P Dempsey 113 10/111.00
9 327-226 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Artful Artist (IRE) 54
Course Winner
8 10-12 t A J Martin E O'Connell (7) 111 10/111.00
10 P1-4435 YELLOW & RED CHEVRONS, hooped cap Celebrity Status (IRE) 56
5 10-8 C O'Dwyer R A Doyle (5) 107 16/117.00
11 470-052 Pink & white halved, black sleeves, black cap, pink star Ale Ambrosio (IRE) 12
5 10-7 h Mrs J Harrington M P Walsh 106 8/19.00
12 053770 Maroon, light blue star, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, light blue cap, maroon star Brontide (IRE) 70
Course Winner
4 10-3 C O'Dwyer Rachael Blackmore 105 50/151.00
13 736/030- emerald green, yellow sleeves, yellow cap Sweet Company (IRE) 146
Beaten Favourite
6 10-2 pt A J Martin D F O'Regan 101 9/110.00
14 000-639 Purple & yellow diabolo, purple sleeves, yellow star on cap Creeping Ivy (IRE) 7
Beaten Favourite
5 10-0 t A J Martin D Meyler 99 10/111.00

Verdict

Tony Martin has three entries and though the pair at the bottom of the handicap are respected it's ARTFUL ARTIST (NAP) who could prove best of the trio despite never having won over hurdles. A three-times winner on the Flat, he's been running well without much luck and holds Low Sun, who was receiving 5lb when beating him a head at Bellewstown in August, on much better terms. Like An Open Book is an obvious danger after an impressive victory at Thurles despite a 9lb rise while Wigs On The Green has been taking on very strong company in maidens and looks reasonably treated for his handicap debut. The lightly-raced Ale Ambrosio looked a progressive type when runner-up on heavy ground at Fairyhouse and can improve enough to get competitive.